The Excelsior Springs Branch has a special treat for the Discovery Club this month. The Kansas City Zoo will be here to take you on an Australia Adventure. You will get to learn more about Australian folklore and culture. There will also be some mystery animal guests for you to see. The program will be on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11 am. For more information, contact the Excelsior Springs Branch at 816-630-6721.
North Oak's Partnership with North Kansas City Schools Blooms
What a pleasure it is to see local student's art work on display in our library branch. This month, the 6th Grade students from Maple Park Middle School, led by Ms. Baker, are sharing their "Altered Self-Portraits" with us. In addition to this, Mrs. McKiddie and Ms. Boydston from Antioch Middle School are sharing a variety of art including "Still Life Drawing", "Surrealism Stacked Forms", and "Rhythm Design".
How I Became a Birder: I Blame the Library for My Fowl Obsession
As I'm sure you're aware, Mid-Continent Public Library was closed on Martin Luther King Day. So, what did I do with my day off? Instead of staying inside my nice warm house like a reasonable person, I bundled up and went out into the cold and rain just to look at birds. Why? I blame the library. Now before you jump to conclusions about my sanity, please allow me to explain myself.
Many genealogists trace names, dates, and places. Others want to know the stories beyond the facts. The only way they can learn those stories is if someone preserved them. The act of writing your story is an act of love, and your children and grandchildren, your descendants, want to know who you are.
Vital Conversations is hosted at the Antioch Branch the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. For February, we have a special treat for those who can join us (don't eat lunch ;). We are discussing Eat, Pray, Loveby Elizabeth Gilbert.
Most everyone will read some Edgar Allan Poe at some time in their life…..or at least have heard of him. It’s required reading in school. Whether it’s poetry or his short stories, you’re bound to be pleased. Celebrate his birthday (January 19th) by checking out some of our cool books and databases!
Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry that is written with seventeen syllables. These poems are written about everyday things such as nature, feeling, or experiences. Haiku means "playful verse." That means the poems do not have to be serious. The goal of haiku is to convey the meaning by creating a picture. These poems do not rhyme and consist of three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second has seven syllables, and the last line has five syllables.
Recently, I had a customer looking for books her child could read along with. I found a wonderful database on the MCPL website called TumbleBook Library. TumbleBook Library is a collection of animated talking picture books for children. It also has children's audiobooks and read-along books, and offers some titles in foreign languages.